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Quick Tip: Give Quick Look a Boost with Plugins

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Quick Look is an amazingly helpful little tool that allows you to preview files without taking the time to open them in any specific application. Today's Quick Tip screencast will walk you through not only how Quick Look works, but how to make it even better with third party plugins. We'll finish off with a quick walkthrough of the new Quick Look features in Mountain Lion.

Tutorial


Give Quick Look a Boost with Plugins

Use the below links if you wish to visit the website mentioned in the Quick Tip video or download the shown plugins.

Qucklook Mountain Lion Update

Quicklook has received some great improvements in the latest version of OS X, Mountain Lion. An active Quicklook window will now stay active even if you change focus to another window or program. With iOS sinking its claws deep into the core of Mountain Lion, you now have the ability to share any file right inside of Quicklook. Below is an overview of the new Quicklook window inside of Mountain Lion:

The New Quicklook Window Inside OS X Mountain Lion
The New Quicklook Window Inside OS X Mountain Lion
  • 1) Maximize/Minimize window
  • 2) Document Navigation (when using Quicklook on multiple items)
  • 3) Contact Sheet view
  • 4) Open Document in application
  • 5) Full screen mode
  • 6) Resize corner (the corner works the same as in Snow Leopard/Lion but the drag indicators have been removed)

Another area that has been improved is how Quicklook behaves in Spotlight and in docked folders. Quicklook now has the ability to view almost any file inside of Spotlight, including playing audio and video.

Hovering Over An Item Or Pressing The Left Arrow Will Qucklook A File In A Spotlight Search
Hovering Over An Item Or Pressing The Left Arrow Will Qucklook A File In A Spotlight Search
Hovering Over A File And Pressing Space Bar In A Docked Folder Will Quicklook The File
Hovering Over A File And Pressing Space Bar In A Docked Folder Will Quicklook The File

Quicklook is a powerful and time saving feature inside of OS X Mountain Lion that will undoubtedly become your favorite trick when working on your Mac. Whether watching a movie, previewing an audio file or viewing a document that you normally wouldn't be able to, Quicklook is sure to prove useful again and again.

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